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Manufacturing Automation: ‘Change is happening’: 5 tips from the Women in Manufacturing Virtual Summit

The Manufacturing Group at Annex Business Media hosts online event focused on recruiting, retaining and advancing women in the sector

May 26, 2021  by Manufacturing Automation

The “Advancing women in leadership” panel at the Women in Manufacturing Virtual Summit. Photo: Annex Business Media

Creating an inclusive workforce is crucial to the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturing.

According to industry leaders who gathered to discuss gender equity in the sector at the inaugural Women in Manufacturing Summit on May 13, half of Canada’s population is being underused when it comes to mitigating the skills shortage.

“We have technology gaps, and we have skills gaps. We talk about these things and we make strategies,” said keynote speaker Rhonda Barnet, president and COO of AVIT Manufacturing. “But what are we doing to talk about business and cultural gaps in terms of fostering diversity and inclusion in our sector? We need to leverage the full population to compete and grow.”

Read more on Manufacturing Automation, one of Canadian Manufacturing‘s sister publications.

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